Police investigate cast of new series Byron Baes amid reports they violated public health regulations and held a house party despite strict COVID restrictions
Stars of new series Byron Baes have sparked a police investigation amid allegations of violating public health regulations.
According to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, Byron Bay and Tweed Police investigate a recent party at a home in Byron Bay.
Under current statewide COVID restrictions, only five people can visit a home in regional NSW at a time.
Trouble: Stars of new series Byron Baes have sparked a police investigation over allegations of violating public health regulations. Pictured: Two of the show’s stars, Elle Watson and Nathan Favro
The party is believed to have been held at the home of former bachelor actor Nathan Favro, who will be featured in the upcoming Byron Baes.
Neighbors and other community members filed multiple complaints with Crime Stoppers after hearing noise and seeing large groups enter the property.
Social media followers also became aware of the celebration after fellow cast member Elle Watson shared photos and videos on her Instagram page.
Party people: According to a report from The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, Byron Bay and Tweed Police are investigating a recent party at a home in Byron Bay
Elle captioned the posts with “dinner party for my faves at mi casa” and tagged 15 others in the photos.
Netflix – the streaming giant that produces Byron Baes – was eager to distance itself from the incident, telling The Sydney Morning Herald that filming had already been completed on the series.
“The production has no knowledge of the event you refer to and was not associated with it,” adds co-producer Eureka Productions.
Social media slippage: Social media followers also became aware of the party after Elle shared photos and videos on her Instagram page
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to a representative for both Nathan and Elle for comment.
The cast of Byron Baes appears to have done little to endear themselves to the Byron community, with locals furious with the show’s production.
Earlier this year, a handful of Byron locals paddled into the ocean to protest the show, while others allowed with signs saying “give Netflix the movie” and “consult traditional owners.”
Dobbed in: Neighbors and other community members filed multiple complaints with Crime Stoppers, after hearing noise and seeing large groups enter the property
Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to turn down the production and asked other local businesses to do the same.
“They just showed up unannounced and they’re proposing to drag our name through the mud and make millions of dollars without giving back to the community,” he told Today.
Nick O’Donnell, Netflix’s director of public policy, was even forced to travel to the NSW coastal town “for crisis talks with stakeholders” amid growing backlash.
Host: The party is believed to have been held at the home of former bachelorette lady Nathan, who will also be featured in the upcoming Byron Baes